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Two hikers who were swept away in the Dead Sea were rescued earlier Friday morning in mild condition after eight hours in the water.

Police said that at 3:00 a.m. the two, who had arrived for a holiday from Ramallah and Bethlehem, were identified by a drone about two kilometers from the beach.A boat arrived at the scene and took them to shore, where they received initial medical treatment and were then evacuated by the Red Crescent.

About 25 search and rescue volunteers had been rushed to the scene along with army, police and Magen David Adom forces in order to find the two missing hikers.

The search teams included a police helicopter, a thermal drone and two boats that are scanning the sea.